What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that encases a tooth to restore the tooth to its original shape, size and strength as well as to improve the overall appearance. A dental crown could be used for the following reasons:

  • Protecting a weak or cracked tooth
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • To cover large filling
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover misshapen or discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge literally bridge the gap created by one of more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. Bridges can:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

To schedule a dental crown or bridge consultation at Willett & Patton DDS, call our Columbia, MO office today at (573)445-5300.